The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine (formerly known asthe Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine) was established in 2011. Its aim is to confirm King’s as a world leader in social scientific approaches to health and medicine, with innovative research and research-led teaching as the basis for a significant input into global health policy.
Our Department is made up of Academic, Research, Visiting & Affiliated Staff, PhD Students, and Professional Services Staff.
The Department also incorporates the Institute of Gerontology.
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Meet our faculty
Professor John Abraham is a sociologist with a particular interest in the development, testing and regulation of drug safety/efficacy/innovation, and the sociology and politics of the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.
Dr Mauricio Avendano is a social epidemiologist with an interest in health inequalities from an international perspective, the impact of social policies and other social determinants on health, and quantitative methods for causal inference in the social and health sciences.
Dr Dominique P. Behague is a social anthropologist who specializes in the ethnography of Brazil and the anthropology of health and biomedicine. Her specific interests are in psychiatry, reproductive health and the politics of global health research.
Dr Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician and medical anthropologist, specialising in anthropology of biomedicine and biotechnologies, comparative analysis of medical professional cultures with a focus on psychiatry, as well as mental health and memory-work in post-war societies in the Middle East. Follow her on twitter: @OBehrouzan
Dr Carlo Caduff is an anthropologist interested in questions of health and disease, knowledge and expertise, science and technology, ethics and morality, safety and security.
Dr Silvia Camporesi is a bioethicist with a biotechnology and philosophy background. Her research interests lie at the intersection of genetic technologies, ethics of reproduction and disability studies. She also has an interest in biomedical technologies applied to enhance human capacities, both in cognitive and elite sport contexts. Follow her on twitter: @silviacamporesi
Dr Laurie Corna is a medical sociologist with a background in public health. She is principally concerned with better understanding health and economic inequalities among older adults in the context of the life course and in comparative perspective. Follow Laurie on twitter: @Laurie_Corna
Dr Courtney Davis is a sociologist with special research interests in pharmaceutical regulation, particularly issues related to cost-effectiveness assessments, reimbursement of new drugs and public participation in regulatory science. She is also interested in the regulation of occupational health and safety, and worker and public health.
Dr Jennifer Dowd is a demographer and social epidemiologist with interests in understanding the biological mechanisms through which social factors influence health over the life course. She has a particular interest in psychosocial stress and immune function, links between infectious and chronic disease, obesity and ageing, and trends in mortality. Twitter @drjenndowd
Professor Karen Glaser is a sociologist interested in ageing, family structure, marriage and cohabitation, examining them from an international comparative perspective.
Dr Hanna Kienzler is a cultural and medical anthropologist working in the field of global health, in connection with organized violence, ethnic conflict, and complex emergencies, and their mental health outcomes. She conducts long-term ethnographic research in Kosovo, the Palestinian Territories, and Nepal. Follow her on twitter: @HannaKienzler
Dr Filippa Lentzos is a sociologist interested in the social shaping of risks and threats and our responses to them, with a particular focus on the misuse of life science research, biological weapons and bioterrorism. Follow her on twitter: @FilippaLentzos
Dr Federica Lucivero is a philosopher and ethicist interested in emerging biomedical technologies, specifically bionic technologies, brain computer interfaces, molecular diagnostics, e-healthcare and robots. Follow her on twitter: @fedelucivero
Professor Nick Manning is a sociologist interested in the sociology of therapeutic communities, social change in Russia and Eastern Europe, the social construction of social problems, social and green movements, and mental health diagnoses and policies.
Professor Bronwyn Parry is a cultural geographer specializing in health and biomedicine. Her areas of research include commodification of the body, use of bioinformation, biosurveillance, post humanism and new reproductive technologies.
Professor Barbara Prainsack is a political scientist interested in the multiple ways in which science, religion and politics mutually constitute each other, and what effect this process has on how we understand ourselves as human beings, persons, and citizens, as well as on the emergence of regulatory approaches. Follow her on twitter: @BPrainsack
Dr David Reubi is a sociologist and anthropologist exploring the the biopolitics of global health and biomedicine. His research interests include: Africa and the non-communicable disease epidemic; health activism and biological citizenship; neoliberalism and the economisation of global health; global health and the politics of epidemiological evidence and numbers; as well as human rights and bioethics.
Dr Annette Rid is a physician and biomedical ethicist. She works primarily in research ethics, clinical ethics and health and health care justice. One of her current projects examines the ethical debate about the clinical trials during the Ebola outbreak. Follow her on twitter: @anetrid
Professor Nikolas Rose is a sociologist interested in the social and political history of the human sciences; the social dimensions of neuroscience, psychiatry and mental health; the genealogy of subjectivity; the history of empirical thought in sociology, law and criminology; and changing rationalities and techniques of political power. Follow him on twitter: @rose_nikolas
Professor Anthea Tinker is a social policy analyst and her work focuses on social gerontology. It covers community care, housing for older people, elder abuse, health and health trends, carers, falls and accidents, information needs, older workers, technology/communication systems, long term care, older women and ethics.
Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram is a political philosopher and sociologist with a particular interest in global health, ethics and philosophy. Follow him on twitter: @sridhartweet
Dr Scott Vrecko is a sociologist whose research explores the political and cultural dynamics of medicine, health and illness, particularly as these relate to processes of medicalization and social control. Much of his research focuses on drugs, addiction and social problems; he is also interested in sexuality and the politics of medical knowledge.
Dr Wei Yang is a health economist with an interest in health and long-term care (LTC) research. Her previous work focuses on measuring the impacts of social health insurance on inequities in access to care and fairness in financing, and identifying factors that drive inequities using longitudinal survey datasets. Her current research explores issues relating to efficiency and sustainability in LTC financing in China. She also holds expertise in using cost-effectiveness analysis and decision analytical modelling to evaluate health interventions across population groups, with a focus on cardiovascular diseases among the elderly population.